PREMPEH COLLEGE SCHOOL REPORT.
HISTORY OF PREMPEH COLLEGE
Prempeh College was founded through a collaboration between the Kumasi Traditional Council, the Presbyterian and Methodist churches in the then Gold Coast and the British Colonial Government. Until 1949, there was no government-assisted secondary school in Ashanti Region and the northern sector of Ghana.
Most students had to travel to the coastal areas of Ghana to attend established schools such as Achimota School, Mfantsipem School and others. In the 1940s the British Colonial Government invited the Presbyterian and Methodist Churches, which had already established institutions such as Wesley Girls High School and the Presbyterian Boys Secondary School in Krobo Odumase based on their experience, to help set up a School in the middle belt of Ghana to serve the northern sector of the country. There were some delays in the process due to the Second World War. In 1948 Prempeh College was designed by renowned British modernist Architect Maxwell Fry and his wife Jane Drew.
Compared to other works by Jane Drew in the Ashanti Region, Prempeh College campus was designed to incorporate modernist refinements as described by Lain Jackson and Jessica Holland in their book titled “The Architecture of Edwin Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew: Twentieth Century Pioneer Modernism and the tropics. According to the Ashanti Pioneer Newspaper, The opening ceremony of Prempeh College was held on the 5th February 1949. Major C.O Butler, the chief commissioner of Ashanti gave the following address at the ceremony “There is a great and growing need for training men to take up posts of responsibility not just as clerks in offices but in Agricultural Education, Mining, Forestry, Architecture, Engineering and Building in the many other technical posts on the fulling of which by Africans the future development of Ashanti and the Gold Coast as whole largely depends… We British from overseas are here to help you ultimately to administer the country yourselves… until you yourselves can provide the agriculturalists, engineers, the technicians, and the tradesmen who can develop the natural resources of your country.” In summary the college was expected to produce scientist and technocrats who could play vital roles in the economy of the Gold Coast. At the same opening, Prempeh II outlined his expectations for Prempeh College: “The hope that the students of the college will shine not only in the intellectual field but also in moral firmament”. The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei-Agymang Prempeh II, took personal interest in the establishment and donated the land for the development of the college. Due to this royal connection the colours of the Ashanti national flag green and yellow (gold) were adopted as the school’s official colours. The Ashanti golden stool was added to the school’s crest. The Golden Stool represents the Ashanti symbol of unity which is believed to possess the sunsum (soul) of the Ashanti people. To this day, a replica of the stool is carried out by the college’s prefect during official functions and during academic processions to symbolize the role and influence of the Asantehene in the affairs of the college.
Today Prempeh College is the academic home of close to 3000 young men, of whom the majority reside in the school’s ten (10) boarding houses. The college has a parent body (PTA) and a vibrant Old Boys Association (AMANFOO). The school is run by a board that includes the headmaster and representatives of the Old Boys Association.
- Prempeh College was the overall winner of both the Inter-Colleges athletics and Super Zonals Competition in 2019.
- Regionals Choir Champions 2019
- Nationals French Quiz(Noda Hotel) 2019
- Prempeh College was the first school to win the National Science and Mathematics Quiz in 1994 and also won the consequent editions of the competition 1996, 2015 and 2017.
- Prempeh College has also won the Ghana National Debate a record two times in 1997 and 2004.
- The Prempeh College Robotics Club also won the topmost four spots of the Autonomous Rescue Challenge during the 2019 Ghana National Robotics Inspired Scientific Education (RiSE) Competition.
- Prempeh College represented in the Senior High Category at the 2017 World Robot Olympiad, Costa Rica.
- Prempeh College was a finalist In the Ghana Engineering Innovation Competiton.
- The college was also the winner of the 2012,2013 2014, 2015 and 2017 Robotics Inspired Scientific Education, Middle Belt.
- The school also holds the all-time record for the highest score and the fastest time in the multi-grain colour sorter challenge.
- 2nd and 3rd place holders in the National Robofest Qualifiers Competition
- Completion in the IREX World Smarts Stem Challenge
- Winners of the outstanding Engineering category at the 2016 Ghana Institute of Engineers Award ceremony
- Ghana representatives for the Senior High category at the 2016 World Robotics Olympiad
- Winners of the prestigious Toyota Innovation Award at Robofest 2016,Michigan,USA
- Winners of the 2016 National Robofest Qualifiers Competion, Ghana
- Winners of Best Programming Award in the 2012 RiSE competition.